Strange-Nonchaotic-Attractor-Like Behaviors in Coupled Map Systems

Peng Liang Shi, Daihai He, Wu Liu Fu, Wei Kang, Gang Hu

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In a coupled map system, an attractor which seems to be strange nonchaotic attractor (SNA) is discovered for nonzero measure in parameter range. The attractor has nonpositive Lyapunov exponent (LE) and discrete structure. We call it strange-nonchaotic-attractor-like (SNA-like) behavior because the size of its discrete structure decreases with the computing precision increasing and the true SNA does not change. The SNA-like behavior in the autonomous system is born when the truncation error of round-off is amplified to the size of the discrete part of the attractor during the long time interval of positive local LE. The SNA-like behavior is easily mistaken for a true SNA judging merely from the largest LE and the phase portrait in double precision computing. In non-autonomous system an SNA-like attractor is also found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-394
Number of pages6
JournalCommunications in Theoretical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Logistic map
  • Strange nonchaotic attractor
  • Truncation error

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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